Coming off of a 2017 season in which they went 8-11 and made the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) field hockey team is set to begin their conference play. After playing nine out of conference matchups against various opponents, they will take on York College on Oct. 9 to begin their CAC play.
The out of conference play began on a high note for the Seahawks. They took on Goucher College on Aug. 31 for the first ever game on the turf field at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium. After a scoreless first half, first year midfielder Gabrielle Corder, ‘22, capitalized on a corner by first year forward Rachel Lansbury, ‘22, to break the tie. This goal however was quickly answered by Goucher who tied the game up just a few minutes later. The game would remain tied at one and head into over time. With under five minutes left in the first overtime period, sophomore midfielder Emily Pulkowski, ‘21, set up sophomore forward Hannah Dietrich, ‘21, for the game winning goal. SMCM finished the day with thirty-three shots, twenty-three shots on goal, and fourteen corners, according to SMCM Athletics.
The Seahawks then went on to play a very competitive set of games against Stevenson University (Sept. 2), Randolph-Macon College (Sept. 5), Bridgewater College (Sept. 8), and Shenandoah University (Sept. 19). Although they lost all four games throughout that stretch, every single one was a by a one goal deficit. The game against Bridgewater even went into overtime. The luck changed for SMCM when they played Wilson College on Sept. 23. Here they jumped ahead to a quick five goal lead just thirty minutes into the game. This was behind two goals scored by Pulkowski and one each by senior Mollie Belson, ‘19, first-year Sara Walford, ‘22, and Lansbury. Senior Courtney Mellon added another goal for the Seahawks in the second half, which increased their lead to 6-0. This score would hold behind a combined shutout by goalies Kelbey Egerland, ‘20, and Skylar Limpert, ‘22, according to SMCM Athletics.
This impressive victory was followed up by another strong showing against Washington College (Sept. 26). Mellon took control of the offense in this match, scoring two goals on just two shots. These two goals were all that the Seahawks needed in their 2-1 victory. As a team they fired seven total shots and also had four penalty corners. In goal Egerland stopped five of six shots for her third win of the season, according to SMCM Athletics.
SMCM wrapped up their out of conference play with games against Neumann University (Sept. 29) and Virginia Wesleyan University (Oct. 2). They will then begin CAC play with the game against York.
This season, the squad is led by seniors (‘19) Mollie Belson, Kara Feildelseit, Courtney Mellon, Brooke Steinhoff, and Jessica Zhang. Head coach Jessica Lanham is now in her third season at SMCM and she is assisted by Tori Finagin and Megan Moore, ‘18, who are both in their first season on the Seahawk coaching staff.